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'Wasn't expecting': Reaction mixed to new Nat Phillips contract

Liverpool announced on Tuesday that Nat Phillips has a new four-year contract with the club. Reaction to the news was quite mixed.

Nat Phillips agreed to a new contract with Liverpool this week. The Athletic claims it’s for four years.

It comes as a surprise, too. Initial reports on Tuesday suggested Liverpool wanted to sell Phillips, with a £12m asking price in mind.

No one made the right offer, however, and now Phillips will remain with the club. He’s earned the right to stay long-term, too, with this new deal.

You can read our initial reaction here. In short, we understand Liverpool’s side of it but it’s a strange move from Phillips. He guarantees himself a higher wage, certainly, but we just don’t see how he’ll play.

Returning players and new signing Ibrahima Konate leave Phillips as fifth choice. That’s not a comfortable position to be in.

Regardless, he’s sticking around for now. And on a day when Liverpool weren’t expecting to do much in terms of signing, reaction to this one was quite mixed.

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Some Liverpool fans react to new Nat Phillips contract

We’ve left out the really abusive ones, naturally. But Liverpool were always stoking a fire by announcing this today. Fans want signings, fans aren’t getting signings, but here’s a new deal for a fifth-choice centre-back.

What do you expect?

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But in truth, the reaction really is mixed. Many fans understand the positives here – Liverpool now have real depth in centre-back, while they’re guaranteeing Phillips’ price stays high.

On the other hand, as one fan points out, they’ve run into a problem here before. Divock Origi got a five-year contract right after his Champions League heroics and hasn’t done anything since.

Now Liverpool are stuck with his wages on the books and can’t shift him. A similar situation with Phillips is a real ‘worry’.

But you can’t say he didn’t earn such a situation. If Phillips wants to stick around and fight for a place, his performances last season grant him that.

This wasn’t exactly the news fans wanted to read today, though.

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